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Origins Available: Irish, Welsh


While Blainay has long been known as an Irish name, the origins of the ancient name Blainay belong to that rich Celtic tradition that comes from Wales. This surname was derived from the Welsh personal name Blethyn.

Blainay Early Origins



The surname Blainay was first found in Worcestershire, but moved to Ireland in the 1500's. Today a small village named Blaney (from the Irish: Bléinigh meaning "creeks") lies in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Locals claim the area takes its name from the Irish word "Bléan" which also means a "creek."

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Blainay Spelling Variations


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Blainay Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Blayney, Blainey, Blaney, Blany, Blaney, Blainay, Blanay, Blaynay, Bleiney and many more.

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Blainay Early History


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Blainay Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blainay research. Another 329 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1570, 1573, 1602, 1603, 1604, 1629, 1646, 1689, 1802, and 1874 are included under the topic Early Blainay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Blainay Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Blainay Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Sir Edward Blayney, also Blainey or Blaney (1570-1629?), Welsh soldier in Ireland who became Baron Blayney of Monaghan. For his bravery, Edward was knighted at Dublin Castle in 1603...

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blainay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Charles Blaney, who settled in New York in 1807; John Blayney, who arrived in Washington Co., PA in 1808; Elinor Blany, who arrived in New York in 1811.

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Integra mens augustissima possessio
Motto Translation: An honest mind is the most glorious possession


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    5. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    9. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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    The Blainay Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blainay Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 30 April 2008 at 11:28.

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